• One of the Overturned and Broken Statues Of MirmasiiaÛ at Tanis
    One of the Overturned and Broken Statues Of MirmasiiaÛ at Tanis
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v overturn change radically "E-mail revolutionized communication in academe"
    • v overturn rule against "The Republicans were overruled when the House voted on the bill"
    • v overturn cancel officially "He revoked the ban on smoking","lift an embargo","vacate a death sentence"
    • v overturn turn from an upright or normal position "The big vase overturned","The canoe tumped over"
    • v overturn cause to overturn from an upright or normal position "The cat knocked over the flower vase","the clumsy customer turned over the vase","he tumped over his beer"
    • v overturn cause the downfall of; of rulers "The Czar was overthrown","subvert the ruling class"
    • n overturn an improbable and unexpected victory "the biggest upset since David beat Goliath"
    • n overturn the act of upsetting something "he was badly bruised by the upset of his sled at a high speed"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The king, standing next to an overturned chair, waves his fist The king, standing next to an overturned chair, waves his fist

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Overturn The act off overturning, or the state of being overturned or subverted; overthrow; as, an overturn of parties.
    • Overturn To overpower; to conquer.
    • Overturn To subvert; to destroy; to overthrow.
    • Overturn To turn or throw from a basis, foundation, or position; to overset; as, to overturn a carriage or a building.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • overturn To overset; upset; overthrow.
    • overturn To subvert; ruin; destroy; bring to naught.
    • overturn To overpower; conquer; overwhelm.
    • overturn Synonyms Overturn, Overthrow, Subvert, Invert, upset, throw down, beat down, prostrate. The first three of the italicized words indicate violence and destructiveness. Invert is rarely used where the action is not careful and with a purpose: as, to invert a goblet to prevent its being filled. That which is overturned or overthrown is brought down from a standing or erect position to lie prostrate. Overthrow indicates more violence or energy than overturn, as throw is stronger than turn. That which is subverted is reached to the very bottom and goes to wreck in the turning: as, to subvert the very foundations of justice. To invert is primarily to turn upside down, but it may be used figuratively, of things not material, for turning wrong side before or reversing: as, to invert the order of a sentence. See defeat, v. t., and demolish.
    • overturn To be overturned; capsize: as, a boat that is likely to overturn.
    • n overturn The state of being overturned or subverted; the act of overturning; overthrow.
    • n overturn Refrain; burden.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Overturn ō-vėr-turn′ to throw down or over: to subvert: to conquer: to ruin
    • ns Overturn state of being overturned
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  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
    “The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man's observation, not overturning it.”
  • Epictetus
    “What will the world be quite overturned when you die?”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “And then, Sir, there is this consideration, that if the abuse be enormous, nature will rise up, and claiming her original rights, overturn a corrupt political system.”
  • Leonard Cohen
    “The blizzard of the world has crossed the threshold and it's overturned the order of the soul...”


In literature:

Overturnings and subversions of this description are necessary to bring them to light.
"Napoleon the Little" by Victor Hugo
And Bessie, filled with horror, saw the canoe overturned by the wind.
"A Campfire Girl's First Council Fire" by Jane L. Stewart
But now there had occurred another overturn.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
The groundcar went off the road and overturned.
"Rebels of the Red Planet" by Charles Louis Fontenay
If I should tell of all the things he overturned or upset, this chapter would be endless.
"Black Bruin" by Clarence Hawkes
Women and children were overturned, but fortunately not hurt.
"Red Rooney" by R.M. Ballantyne
In the Johnny period of life our hero confined his attention almost exclusively to smashing and overturning.
"The Coxswain's Bride" by R.M. Ballantyne
But another fuse had been lighted which, in a still more effectual manner, overturned the plans of that warlike chief.
"The Giant of the North" by R.M. Ballantyne
The birds immediately swarmed round this so vigorously, that they even overturned the lantern once or twice.
"The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands" by R.M. Ballantyne
In one of their wildest bursts they both fell into the fireplace, overturned the still, and scattered the fire.
"The Lonely Island" by R.M. Ballantyne
Europeans, however, are not so indifferent to being overturned as are the savages.
"Man on the Ocean" by R.M. Ballantyne
Next instant the canoe overturned, and left the men to flounder to land, while it went careering down towards the gravelly shallows below.
"The Norsemen in the West" by R.M. Ballantyne
In a moment we would have been struck and overturned, but I saw Jim and the Jam-wagon give a desperate strain at the oars.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Front Royal buzzed like an overturned hive.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
It will overturn, when it comes.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
The safety skids could not save us, but made the angle of our overturn more complete.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
Then he tried the same thing with the stern oar, accomplishing about as much as if he had attempted to overturn a rock.
"The Phantom of the River" by Edward S. Ellis
The revolver was discharged in the overturn, but the bullet went wild.
"Dave Darrin After The Mine Layers" by H. Irving Hancock
I will overturn, overturn, overturn it, and it shall be no more until He comes whose right it is; and I will give it to Him.
"The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882" by Joseph Wild
In order to introduce Socialism the present social order must be overturned.
"British Socialism" by J. Ellis Barker

In poetry:

"In mercy or in judgment
He shall turn and overturn,
Till the heart shall be His temple
Where all of Him shall learn."
"The Vision Of Echard" by John Greenleaf Whittier
See, how I'm tossed so will-less
By troublous waves of doubt,
The wind overturned my little boat,
The wreck is all my refuge.
"Ivar Ingemundson's Lay" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
That here some mighty passion
Once had burned,
Which still the walls enghosted,
I discerned,
And that by its strong spell mine might be overturned.
"The Re-Enactment" by Thomas Hardy
Star of his morning; that unfallen star
In that strange starry overturn of space
When earth and sky changed places for an hour
And heaven looked upwards in a human face.
"A Little Litany" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
You glow in my heart
Like the flames of uncontrolled candles.
But when I go to warm my hands,
My clumsiness overturns the light,
and then I stumble
Against the tables and chairs.
"The Bungler" by Amy Lowell
"And very often have we heard
How men are killed and undone By overturns of carriages,
By thieves, and fires in London; We know what risks all landsmen run,
From noblemen to tailors; Then, Bill, let us thank Providence
That you and I are sailors."
"The Sailor's Consolation" by Charles Dibdin

In news:

A Lee Circuit Judge has issued an order denying convicted killer Kevin Foster's latest effort to overturn his death sentence.
Judge overturns robbery conviction of man facing deportation.
Your Sept 17 issue carried a story on page 13 by Anthony Bowe on the 'Satirical Skit' re the US Supreme Court decision overturning those portions of the McCain Feingold law which restricted free political speech by groups and individuals.
18 m ago Overturned vehicle.
Some try to overturn voucher program.
Federal court overturns sagebrush rebel's lawsuit.
Despite recent controversy, The King of Pop's will is in no real danger of being overturned.
A federal court has overturned the ban by Hollywood's major motion picture studios on screener videos for non-Oscar movie awards voters.
OGDEN — Police are investigating whether alcohol may have played a factor when a laundry service semitrailer overturned at Hinckley Drive and Pennsylvania Avenue about 11:30 pm Friday.
39 am, Thursday, Jan 26, Illinois State Police responded to an overturned truck-tractor semitrailer on US Route 20 about a half-mile west of Center Road in Jo Daviess County.
An overturned 18-wheeler has closed the I-30 westbound service road near Home Depot.
An overturned van in Taiyuan, China molihua.org.
Connecticut City Overturns Firing of Recruit.
A judge overturned the ban, saying the state Department of Environmental Protection has exclusive control of this area of the law.
A federal judge has overturned California's ban on same-sex marriage.

In science:

This presumption has been overturned by a series of remarkable experiments in which truly bi-dimensional (one atom thick) sheets of graphene have been isolated and characterized4.
Modeling disorder in graphene
All shocks posses a downstream region which is located between the obstacle and the shock or the shock and the slow stream which has been overturned by a fast stream.
Fundamentals of Non-relativistic Collisionless Shock Physics: IV. Quasi-Parallel Supercritical Shocks
The evidence presented in their essay overturns older conventional scholarship, in particular that of Abraham Pais.
Book Review: The Genesis of General Relativity
The large-scale field generation is attributed partly to the strong in fluence of rotation upon the slowly overturning flows reali zed in M-stars.
The rotation-magnetic field relation
This mechanism of overturning convection is far from being firmly established by observations since no velocities are detected along the borders of penumbral filaments.
Size matters
Alternative parametrization. — Strongly nonlinear internal waves are known to have the tendency toward overturning their profiles.
Nonlinear interfacial waves in a constant-vorticity planar flow over variable depth
Typically later than ∼ 100 ms after bounce, convective overturns as well as the SASI in the postshock region become much more vigorous with time.
Multiple physical elements to determine the gravitational-wave signatures of core-collapse supernovae
Our aim is overturn the Z2 theory of QSHE completely.
On the single-electron theory of quantum spin Hall effect in two dimensional topological insulators
In §3, I summarize and analyze the effects of hydrodynamic overturn.
Towards a Synthesis of Core-Collapse Supernova Theory
However, the role of convection and overturn has been controversial and ambiguous from the outset.
Towards a Synthesis of Core-Collapse Supernova Theory
It is neutrino–driven convection (overturn) near the stalled shock that has recently achieved prominence.
Towards a Synthesis of Core-Collapse Supernova Theory
The stalling shock dynamically creates a negative entropy gradient that is unstable to overturn on slightly longer timescales (5–15 milliseconds).
Towards a Synthesis of Core-Collapse Supernova Theory
If one would assume the existence of a mechanism which could saturate the growth of the curvature and coupling, and overturn superexponential expansion into a subluminal power law one, one could match the solution onto a late time Friedmann-RobertsonWalker (FRW) one.
Initial Conditions in Pre-Big Bang
After the fluid overturns and descends towards the convection zone, radiative energy loss again decreases the entropy of the fluid.
The origin of the reversed granulation in the solar photosphere
Its overturning motion supplies the network of intergranular downflows.
The origin of the reversed granulation in the solar photosphere